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Sunday 9/30/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MIAMI (3 - 0) at NEW ENGLAND (1 - 2)
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Week 4 Sunday, 9/30/2018 1:00 PM
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252NEW ENGLAND-7.5-6.5
MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-0+3.33-02-125.011.3324.0(6.5)1.317.34.3377.3(5.7)2.7
Road Games1-0+1.31-00-120.020.0257.0(4.8)
Last 3 Games3-0+3.33-02-125.011.3324.0(6.5)1.317.34.3377.3(5.7)2.7
Turf Games1-0+1.31-00-120.020.0257.0(4.8)
Division Games1-0+1.31-00-120.020.0257.0(4.8)
MIAMI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)25.011.316.326:4625-99(4)18-2573.3%225(9)50-324(6.5)(13)
Opponents Defensive Avg.217.418.328:5025-112(4.6)21-3362.1%227(6.9)58-339(5.9)(16.2)
Offense Road Games20.020.018.028:2531-135(4.4)17-2373.9%122(5.3)54-257(4.8)(12.8)
Defense (All Games)17.34.321.733:1427-89(3.3)24-3961.0%288(7.3)66-377(5.7)(21.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.19.89.618.732:1029-109(3.7)21-3266.3%228(7.2)61-337(5.5)(17)
Defense Road Games12.00.021.031:3519-42(2.2)25-4161.0%320(7.8)60-362(6)(30.2)
MIAMI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.31.32.713-536.8%1-020.0%1-43(31.9)13-2(6.2)7-51
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-543.2%1-00.0%1-53(40)2-20(9.8)7-45
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.70.32 13-539.3%1-150.0%1-25(32.4)28-2(14.9)7-58
Stats Against (Road Games) 10-330.0%0-00.0%0-0(0)1-4(4)7-50

NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-2-31-21-219.09.0300.0(5.2)1.725.713.3406.7(5.9)1.7
Home Games1-0+11-00-127.021.0389.0(5.6)
Last 3 Games1-2-31-21-219.09.0300.0(5.2)1.725.713.3406.7(5.9)1.7
Turf Games1-0+11-00-127.021.0389.0(5.6)
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.911.117.830:2029-126(4.4)19-2868.0%187(6.6)57-313(5.5)(13.7)
Offense Home Games27.021.023.031:1031-122(3.9)26-3966.7%267(6.8)70-389(5.6)(14.4)
Defense (All Games)25.713.324.332:5730-143(4.7)24-3863.5%263(6.9)69-407(5.9)(15.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.20.79.92130:4024-111(4.6)25-4061.6%265(6.7)64-376(5.9)(18.2)
Defense Home Games20.06.021.028:5034-167(4.9)17-3450.0%158(4.6)68-325(4.8)(16.2)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.40.611.813-434.5%1-155.6%2-53(25.1)21-2(11.8)6-44
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-648.7%0-00.0%3-64(24)2-23(9.9)6-62
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.30.61.9 13-540.7%1-028.6%2-50(24.8)19-2(7.8)8-71
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-218.2%1-00.0%5-156(31.2)2-20(10)6-44
Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 16,  NEW ENGLAND 19
MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2018@ NY JETS20-12W3W43U31-13517-23-122219-4225-41-3203
9/30/2018@ NEW ENGLAND            
10/7/2018@ CINCINNATI            
10/25/2018@ HOUSTON            

NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2018@ JACKSONVILLE20-31L-1.5L44.5O24-8224-35-220124-10429-45-3772
9/23/2018@ DETROIT10-26L-7L55.5U19-8914-26-120133-15927-36-2551
10/14/2018KANSAS CITY            
10/21/2018@ CHICAGO            
10/29/2018@ BUFFALO            
MIAMI: QB Ryan Tannehill was 8-5 as a starter in head coach Adam Gase's first season (2016). He's be 13 months removed from an ACL tear, though top target WR Jarvis Landry was traded to Cleveland. What's left is an uninspiring group that Gase thinks can win with scheme rather than athleticism. RB Kenyan Drake showed explosiveness late last year but will cede playing time to 35-year-old RB Frank Gore. The offensive line struggled last season. Miami cut DT Ndamukong Suh but retain a promising young DT duo of Jordan Phillips and Davon Godchaux. Edge-rusher Robert Quinn was brought in to pass-rush opposite ageless DE Cameron Wake. CB Xavien Howard has developed into a legitimate No. 1 coverage guy, while playmaking S Reshad Jones and first-round draft pick S Minkah Fitzpatrick round out a solid secondary. The linebacking unit is a glaring weakness.
NEW ENGLAND: The genius of head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady is their ability to change the gameplan week-to-week, anticipating their opponent's approach and exploiting weaknesses. After WR Julian Edelman's four-game suspension, the Pats will be well-equipped for a quick-strike passing attack that is almost an extension of the running game. Rob Gronkowski is among the NFL's all-time great TEs, and the backfield is full of moveable chess pieces. New England's defense is masterful at the bend-don't-break philosophy. Last season, they allowed the second-highest yards per play (5.7), but the fifth-fewest points per game (18.5). The return of ILB Dont'a Hightower from injury and the addition of massive DT Danny Shelton should sure up what was a shaky run defense at times last season. The secondary righted itself after a disastrous start to 2017 and is unlikely to have another false start in 2018.
Upstart Dolphins set to test mettle vs. Patriots

The AFC East traditionally has been the division that has provided the least amount of surprise during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Era.

After all, the Patriots have scribbled their name atop the division 14 times in the last 15 years -- save for Brady's season-opening injury in 2008 that opened the door for the Miami Dolphins to capture the AFC East title.

Fast forward to the present as the Patriots (1-2) have endured back-to-back losses to fall two games behind the undefeated Dolphins (3-0) heading into their early-season showdown Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

"We've spent some time here on the Dolphins, and they're certainly off to an impressive start," Belichick said. "This is a really good football team. They're good in all three areas of the game.

"They lead the league in field position. A lot of that's created by special teams, obviously, and their turnover differential. So, done a really good job there, very good in the kicking game, explosive return game, good rushing team, they cover well.

"And offensively, this is a well-balanced team that's very explosive, has a lot of big plays, run the ball, have a lot of play-makers on the offensive side, including the quarterback (Ryan Tannehill) throwing and running. And defensively, they're aggressive, they play fast, turn the ball over, really good pursuit team, well-coached, good fundamental team. It's easy to see why they're 3-0. They're playing well, well-coached."

For the Dolphins to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1995, they will have to record their first win in New England since 2008. In fact, the Patriots have won 14 of their last 16 encounters with the Dolphins heading into Sunday's tilt.

Tannehill improved to 10-1 in his last 11 starts after throwing for 289 yards and three touchdowns in last week's 28-20 victory over the winless Oakland Raiders. While the Dolphins are 3-0 for the first time since 1998, the quarterback insisted there is more work ahead.

"We're on the right track," Tannehill said. "Are we there yet? No. But the patterns we're establishing are going to take us there."

While Jakeem Grant had two touchdown receptions last week and Albert Wilson threw and received a scoring strike, another wide receiver is fixated on Sunday's game versus New England.

"I'm excited to get back up there. I've had a lot of experience playing there," said Danny Amendola, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots before signing a two-year, $12 million deal with the Dolphins in March.

Amendola used to catch passes from Brady, who found himself pacing along the sideline as the Patriots' 28th-ranked defense was gouged by the Detroit Lions last Sunday. The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player finished 14 of 26 for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the 26-10 setback.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had two touchdown receptions in his last meeting with Miami, routinely was double- and occasionally triple-teamed last week with the Patriots receiving little from their wide receivers in the passing game.

Wideout Josh Gordon, who was acquired from Cleveland last week, is uncertain to play versus Miami as he nurses a hamstring injury while getting up to speed on the Patriots' offense.

For New England to avoid its first 1-3 start since 2001, it will need to contain Cameron Wake. The five-time Pro Bowl selection has recorded 10.5 sacks in his career against New England.

"You've got to definitely get the ball out quick," Gronkowski said as a means of preventing Wake from disrupting the offense. "I would say that definitely disturbs the defenses pretty well, if you can get the ball out quick and make yards. So definitely that's what you want to do when you've got good pass-rushers on the other side of the ball."

New England also had great difficulty with Detroit's ground game. On Sunday, the Patriots will face the ageless Frank Gore and promising Kenyan Drake.

Gore recorded 289 scrimmage yards in three career meetings with the Patriots while Drake had a career-high 193 scrimmage yards in the last meeting.

New England rookie Sony Michel rushed for 50 yards in his first career start while fellow running back James White reeled in Brady's lone touchdown pass versus the Lions. White also had a receiving touchdown in his last encounter with the Dolphins.

Last Updated: 10/15/2019 6:18:30 PM EST

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